If you ever find yourself in desparate need of something out of the ordinary
in balsa or basswood, I can honestly recommend you contact Superior Balsa:
for my 5.5x Estes Streak project I needed a way to add leading and trailing
edges to my 3/8th carbon / nomex honeycomb fins. Being basically lazy I
sure didn't want to be sanding down a 3/8th square and wasn't crazy about
trying to fill in around a 3/8th dowel.
Recalling my mis-spent youth building free flight (and later RC) airplanes I
remembered that pre-shaped symetrical leading stock would be perfect.
Except balsa would be too soft, prone to hanger rash and damage at
Two emails and four days later, a box of 10 perfectly milled 3/8th
symetrical BASSWOOD leading edges was on my door step this afternoon. AND,
there are SEVEN additional pieces that they judged weren't perfect which
they threw in at no charge ! The 'good' ones fit perfectly on the composite
sandwich fin blanks, and even the 'bad' ones would have been acceptable with
a little filler here and there.
Best of all...I was able to tell SWMBO "it was less than twenty dollars,
It just doesn't get any better than this !
- posted 17 years ago